So that little girl yesterday, stomping and crying and kicking the door and screaming at the top of her lungs? In church? Not even our church?

That was mine.
So that little boy this morning, who was wandering around with his goods swinging free, because he threw his pants and undies down from the balcony in church? Our church? Where I have to show my face again?
That was mine.
I just thought you should know.
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Things I love

*** my family *** babies: my babies, other people’s babies, babies in general *** my church *** sassy shoes *** heat in the bathroom *** potty training nearly being mastered *** repurposing *** Eloise Wilkin (illustrator) *** bobby pins *** cinnamon rolls *** blue eyes *** fleece *** creating *** photographs *** my duvet cover *** purple *** creativity ***

That’s a dungeon made of yarn.

*** cuticle oil *** long underwear *** knitting *** books about knitting *** accomplishing dreams *** waking up early and not being cranky *** learning *** my family picture calendar poster *** laughing *** reading *** working at fitness ***
being covered in children

(but not necessarily having three in the shower with me)

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How about that?

I discovered a notebook of lists I had written when Brielle was an infant. Lists like “Notes from Nourishing Traditions“, “Christmas Books”, “Counting My Blessings”, “Games to Get”, “Websites to Look Up”, and “One Hundred Dreams”.

On the “One Hundred Dreams” list (which really only had 61 items, most of them house projects), among many other things I am still as a matter of fact working towards, was “have some boys“.
And look, we did!

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Do you hear that?

That, my friend, is the sound of silence.
It’s rare around here, but it does happen.
Cadrian & Denton are both sleeping, the girls are at Good News Club, the steer is successfully corralled back into the cattle yard (I am quite proud that the neighbor & I did it as Kevin is an hour away), and I’m about to start a new book.
All is well at the Farm Fresh Family’s.
(It’s a good thing you didn’t ask me at 8:20 this morning. It would have been a completely different story.)

Pictures that have nothing to do with anything.

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The boys are asleep.

The girls are at a fondue party at the neighbors’.
I made some cookies that did not turn out as well as I would have hoped, but I bet the chiddlers will still like to frost them.
There is a LOT of snow out there.
I went to the gym an hour late for the class I thought I was going to take. So I tried two others that I was woefully unprepared for, but I still had fun.
Now I’m going to try to get a book finished.
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I curled the girls’ hair today. And Cadrian’s too, as he never wants to be left out.

Peppermint mocha creamer. Coffee. Mmmmm…

Got to church early. Love that!

Our sermon this morning was just for me. God took an ordinary woman and because of her response to God, she holds an extraordinary place in history.

Scrambled eggs and blotch for lunch. Blotch is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe from my great gram for a coffee cake.

Painted my nails all sparkly.

Hit the gym.

And the grocery. Stocked up on essentials like grapes and potatoes. Got to thinking about when these kids are teenagers… we’ll have to garden for sure then!

We started a new homegroup, and today was the Christmas party complete with white elephant gifts and a chocolate fountain and sugar cookie cutouts. I got a head massager and Kevin got a game called Partini– not very white elephant in my opinion, because we loved them.

Upon arriving home, we were greeted by a thoroughly exuberant six year old who had a permanent tooth coming in. Too bad she has yet to lose the baby one!

Now I think it’s time for a head massage.

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So what have I been doing lately?

Reading some books.
Sewing some pants.
Compulsively checking facebook to see who comments on my stuff.
Taking some pictures.
Embroidering some doll faces.
Buying a My Child doll for Brielle–only the only one I could afford is naked, so I have to learn how to make doll clothes.
Dedicating the baby to God.
Searching for matching Christmas Day outfits for the girls.
Searching for matching Christmas Day outfits for the boys. (no luck)
Having some fun!
Writing and copying the Christmas letter.
Cutting some hair.
Learning how to make a Waldorf doll.
Bossing the kids around.
Making some truffles.
Eating a lot of them.
Joining a gym.
Actually going.
Keeping people out of trouble.
Most of the time.
Putting up some Christmas trees.
And listening to Christmas music, among other things.
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**What would be good punishment for a tree? Like one that totally punched out my tail light and smooshed up my bumper?

**Gonna sew a new diaper bag because I can’t even zip the one I have. I need to figure out what pockets I need to sew on the lining and divider. Any thoughts?
Current Contents:
several size 1 diapers
change of clothes for Denton
several size 4 diapers
nursing cover
baby blanket
assorted pens
changing pad
warm footie socks in case I go to someone’s house w/ cold floors
Seriously, that’s all I can think of that’s in that thing–why won’t the bag zip? Here’s the bag I plan to attempt. It’s from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings.
**I’m considering making my first quilt, also from this fabulous book.
**Denton’s basically 11 pounds. 1 month old. Awesome. He smiled at me on his one month birthday. I was thrilled.
**Especially because I had mastitis, and was super duper sick and pretty much was sure I was going to die. Prayer and antibiotics have done the trick to bring me back from the brink.
**I have since learned that in some cases, royal jelly can be used in lieu of antibiotics. Biotic means “life”–anti “life” is just not that encouraging. I hate that I am on antibiotics.
**Is it a coincidence that mastitis has the word “tit” in it?
**Yesterday Grandma had the girls, so the boys and I went to church and then made a relatively quick stop at Target. When Aviana was two and Brielle was my baby, I thought, “Wow! Super store with two kids; what a chore, what a challenge, what an arduous undertaking!”. Now, with a two year old and my baby being half of what I would normally take to the store, I think, “WOW! Super store with two kids; what leisure, what liberty, what a profligate privilege!”

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What. A. Great. Morning.

Everything today was ideal. How often does THAT happen?

Brielle has been on an “every-other-day-I’ll-be-as-naughty-as-I-wanna-be” kick for the last couple of weeks. It’s exhausting to say the least, but fortunately, she gives me a reprieve on the good days and today was a very good day.
Denton ate and slept in the wrap with no fussiness in between.
Cadrian listened and came when he was called (which is a miracle sent straight from God to me!)
Aviana was golden and didn’t complain about being too hot or too cold or that she wanted more or she wanted more or that she wanted more. (We’ve been really working on an attitude of gratitude, as ‘wanting more, different and better’ has been a theme lately!)
We went to a flower garden and helped make apple cider. We got to drink it and eat homemade cookies. We got to pet a silky chicken named Josaphine and an adolescent duck named Waldo. We made some new homeschooling friends and went on a picnic with them. The mamas chatted and the children played amicably.
I got a package in the mail, some nice messages and came home to a clean house.
Now it’s quiet time, and I’m looking forward to pizza for dinner, which I don’t have to cook, and watching a movie with my Handsome Husband after the kids are in bed.
What a great day! Thank you God!
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Today in Bullets

*The girls earned “Children’s Day” from their Super Summer Challenge. We went to the Juneteenth Festival/the Healthy Lifestyle Fair/the Farmer’s Market.

*They made friends with a pot bellied pig, this calf, an alpaca and a girl named Haylee.

*I was plumb worn out by the time we got back home.

*And I really don’t need anyone asking me if I’m having twins. Maybe I should get a tee shirt saying as much.

*I have lovely pink streaks so you can see where the SPF 30 was applied and where I missed.

*After quiet time, they played with squirt bottles of water and generally entertained themselves until Kevin gave us all four-wheeler rides.

*Watched some months old home video. Our life is so much sweeter the second time around.

*Spent a little time on our exercise balls.

*Cadrian is healing nicely, and hardly even whines during bandage changes anymore.

*After reading from The Wizard of Oz and The Magician’s Nephew, (Incidentally, what do you think of the name Digory?) popped my sweet girls into bed.

*Ordered the rest of our homeschool materials for this coming year.

*Spoke with my sister who is getting settled in CO.

*Checked into the HSLDA.

*Cut Kevin’s hair.

Yep, that about sums it up.

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